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IT... lives?! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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IT... lives?!
We just got in the two-movie Firestarter special. Didn't you remember that sequel to Firestarter, aired on TV, Firestarter: Rekindled? Sadly, I saw the silly thing, because the concept of following Charlie McGee into adulthood seemed interesting to me. As a denizen of deleterius and a minion of pottersues, I have seen worse fanfic out there. Really. It's mediocre at its worst. Unfortunately, it's also mediocre at its best. And it brings John Rainbird randomly back to life--something which, by itself, deserves a hefty sporking--'cause, gee, Charlie couldn't possibly have any other enemies. (Full disclosure: the Rainbird plot bored me in the novel, anyway.)

So people who are distinctly not Stephen King are doing this Stephen King fanfic thing professionally. The Dead Zone series, while not bad on its own, just keeps pounding at my brain because, dude, Johnny's accounted for, the sheriff dies in Cujo (and is an older, heavyset man), and Sarah's husband is Walt Hazlett, a Republican lawyer with political ambitions. And part of the nastiness of what happened with Johnny was that it happened the night he and Sarah were about to consummate their relationship, and her son (Denny, not JJ) is one he spent one afternoon pretending was his. I can't even make the math work on her second child. It was a good concept decently executed, but the cognitive dissonance is very distracting.

Which is off-topic, except to say, fanfic writers have higher standards!

So how do you get a gig like this, anyway? I mean, just off the top of my head, I could see:

  • Shining On: (One shot) Troubled reporter Dan Torrance comes across another haunting, not long after the death of Halloran (who, contrary to Kubrik and unlike Rainbird, does not canonically die). Broke and jobless after he is unable to verify information he used in a story that came to him in a psychic flash, he accepts a researcher's offer to "test" the place, hoping that, like every other "haunted house" he's seen since he left the Overlook, it's just a rumor... unfortunately, this one really is a nasty haunting, and it goes after Danny directly this time. Wendy has to get him out. (Ongoing series) Danny has a psychic vision of past events in the place that lead him toward the root of the evil, and he has to find it, which gives an arc for a series of travels (money provided in early episode) during which he helps random people, blah-blah-blah.

  • It Lives!: Ben and Bill didn't stomp all the eggs, and one of those little shapeshifting spiders hatches again in Derry. The Losers all lost their memories with the death of mama!spider, but Mike still suspects that Something Is Going On. Bev and Ben come back to town to live (EDIT 2: Is it sad that I had a brain wave on this? Ben buys the Barrens from the city for its challenging topography, and he builds a spectacular fort/house there, which becomes "headquarters" and is also, of course, frequently a target of Its attacks), and the three of them rediscover the monster the same way the did when they were kids (and various younger people move on in with them). They of course never actually slay the dragon, and there can be some new shapeshift for every week. :p

    EDIT: Or, Derry Interludes, an anthology with lots and lots of Derry stories during Its active periods. Historical costuming, yays!

  • Caveat Emptor: Follow Mr. Gaunt from town to town as he collects the souls of rural America!

  • Body of Work: Wealthy novelist Gordon LaChance begins investigating the death of his friend Chris Chambers and ends up deep in a rural underworld that ends up leading him to a great mystery of life.

  • Tehuatenejo, the series: Successful innkeepers Andy and Red, under assumed identities, bust corruption and help refugees on the run.

  • The Free Zone: A soap opera set in crowded Boulder after the destruction of Vegas. Oh, the angsty possibilities!

  • The Dark Half, the series: After the destruction of Castle Rock, Alan and Polly find Thad Beaumont, pull him out of the gutter, and bring his big brain into service to help them solve supernatural crimes.


So, what do you think? Can I get on the pro-fanfic gravy train? :p

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lessthanpie From: lessthanpie Date: January 31st, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want to read The Free Zone. I think I should be ashamed of that. :P
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 31st, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It could go on for years. New survivors could always show up when things got dull, and if that didn't work, you can just haul in Randy Flagg again.
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: January 31st, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Always thought it was one of the best ways to goof off in life and get paid for it, too! And you, Fern, should have no trouble beating the competition dead. Is there enough money in this outfit, do you think?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 31st, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably the money-to-buttkissing ratio makes it not worthwhile, otherwise all the fanfic writers would be doing it. ;)
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: February 2nd, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some of the fanfic writers don't actually plot that well....
zoepaleologa From: zoepaleologa Date: January 31st, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
It Lives!: Ben and Bill didn't stomp all the eggs, and one of those little shapeshifting spiders hatches again in Derry. The Losers all lost their memories with the death of mama!spider, but Mike still suspects that Something Is Going On. Bev and Ben come back to town to live, and the three of them rediscover the monster the same way the did when they were kids (and various younger people move on in with them). They of course never actually slay the dragon, and there can be some new shapeshift for every week. :p

More true than we think. In The Tommyknockers two of the kids from Haven, who were less along the "becoming" than the adults were sent on a battery run to Derry.

Before delerium overcame one of them, he was sure he saw a pasty faced clown grinning up from a stormdrain holding balloons...

Inner pernickety reader recalls that the destruction of "It" was well ahead of the Tommyknocker business (by about two years) - because Stephen King follows real time settings. And I know some readers hate the way King references other stories, but I love it.

Tehuatenejo, the series: Successful innkeepers Andy and Red, under assumed identities, bust corruption and help refugees on the run.

I want this one. Provided you can get Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins to reprise their parts (even if Red was Irish in the original novella).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 31st, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
More true than we think. In The Tommyknockers two of the kids from Haven, who were less along the "becoming" than the adults were sent on a battery run to Derry.

I knew I'd seen it in one book or the other (actually, I have an unhealthy obsession with figuring out how to continue these things), but I only read Tommyknockers once, and had forgotten about it. There were odd things in Insomnia as well, and people still tended to have their mean streaks in Derry.

I love the continuity. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 31st, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
PS: I'd probably watch an Andy-n-Red series, too. Avidly.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 1st, 2006 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
There was a Firestarter sequel????

Rainbird was alive</>!!!

Oh jeez! I didn't even like in the original. Glad to know I was not the only one. I never jived with the idea of Charlie being so close to this non-father/serial killer/psychological paedophile.
lapsus_0_calami From: lapsus_0_calami Date: February 1st, 2006 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
*waves* I've added you to my Friends as I've been really enjoying Shades and Shifts and your journal looks interesting.......
maidenjedi From: maidenjedi Date: February 7th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
The sad thing? I kinda liked your It brainwave. ::sheepish grin::
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